JD Riggz

JD Riggz

 Rochester, New York, USA
BandHip HopR&B

JD Riggz delivers vintage Hip-Hop/Rap music with an updated twist, mixing both underground sentiments and mainstream appeal. Lyrics, content, passion are the best attributes to describe what JD brings to the studio and to the stage.


"Bringing Hip-Hop back to it's core is my main goal" says JD Riggz, born Jerome D. Hawthorne about his music. "It's the essence that makes Hip-Hop so powerful, so by all the power within me, that's what I bring to the table."

JD Riggz has been rapping since the tender age of 8 years old when he first caught wind of Hip-Hop through his older brother listening to Wu-Tang Clan albums. Roughly 20 years, Riggz is still at it, producing/songwriting and rapping. Throughout his career, JD has collaborated with Skyzoo, Chaundon, Postaboy, Mack Maine(YMCMB) and many more and has worked with producers such as The Heatmakerz, Fatin/10, Young Los, Phoenix & V. Don, just to name a few. Also, has been touring the country performing alongside artists such as Terror Squad, Chris Brown & Jean Grae. His discography is vast and versatile but he gained momentum and regional success from his mixtape, HIStory released in 2008 featuring the hit singles "Like Me" & "The Paper"(Feat. Rashad). Since then, JD Riggz has started his own production company, High Caliber Music, and has released many projects, including his debut independent album, Replay Value with critical acclaim from blogs and journalists and praise from the general public.

JD Riggz continues to deliver quality music, but not like most rappers, believing in the phrase "Quality over Quantity". With one listen you will too agree with JD in this statement, and see that JD Riggz has a promising future in front of him.